When I was a teenager, my mother often makes a big pot of red dates tonic. It’s almost a weekly affair. I was more interested in other sweet beverages than this tonic. So she’ll coaxed me to drink the sweet tonic as ‘it will make you strong and beautiful’. Then, I thought it was something she said just to make me finish up the drink. I was wrong. Recently, I found that my mother’s claim has scientific backup.
High in iron and vitamins
Dates are inexpensive and rich source of nutrients. It has more vitamin C than an orange and vitamin A than a carrot. A mere ten pieces of dates provides more iron than one palm-sized beef (Source: Singapore Health Science Authority). All theses vitamins and minerals, are known to be highly beneficial for the skin.
“10 pieces of red dates provides the same amount of iron of one palm-sized beef”
Medicinal values & beauty benefits
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, red and black dates relieves fatigue, anaemia and regulates appetite (Source: Between Heaven And Earth, TCM textbook). As dates replenishes qi and blood, red dates tonic is often served to girls after their monthly period and mothers after giving birth. A smooth flow of Qi and blood translates to a rosy and lustrous complexion.
YOU WILL NEED
> Red dates x 120 g/ about 1 1/2 cup
> Black dates x 60 g/ about 1/3 cup
> Honey dates x 80 g/ about 4 pieces
> Water x 1.5 litres
Place all the dates and water in a pot. Bring to boil and then simmer for an hour.
NOTES & TIPS
- To extract maximum flavour, cut the dates into half. We like to use a pair of sharp scissors to do so ( it’s much easier!)
- The beverage is delicious when served hot or cold.
- You can keep the beverage in a clean bottle and keep it in the fridge for a few days.
What’s your favourite traditional remedy?